A Women gets into an accident and can't remember who she is or family. The police ask her if there's anyone they could call. She thinks for a bit and says, "On Valentine's Day, we had pie and talked about a George Orwell book."

The Police think nothing of it first, but then one of them realizes the significance of what she said. The knowledgeable officer dials a 9-digit phone number and reaches the women's husband.

What is the phone number?

  • $\begingroup$ isnt it 10 digit? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Nov 18 '19 at 10:57
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    $\begingroup$ a 9-digit phone number $\endgroup$ – Krishna Nov 18 '19 at 10:58

I think the number is:

1423141984 (or 2143141984 if American)


Valentines Day is 14th Feb, or 14/2 (or 2/14 if you're American), giving the numbers 142 (or 214).
Pi is often approximated to 3.14, giving the numbers 314.
George Orwell wrote the book 1984, giving the numbers 1984.


This is 10 digits, not 9 as stated in the question.

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    $\begingroup$ You could just drop the month value altogether, perhaps... $\endgroup$ – Stiv Nov 18 '19 at 11:10

I think the number is

314 021 984

Using the same reasoning as AHKieran's excellent answer, but

Combining the numbers like this:

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    $\begingroup$ I dunno, these type of answers are kind of based on the idea that although the woman "couldn't remember who she is or family," she can still concoct some fancy code for her husband's phone number, which she doesn't remember. Seems very contradictory. $\endgroup$ – Apollys supports Monica Nov 18 '19 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ @ApollyssupportsMonica isn't that a flaw in the question, not the answer? The question already establishes the confused woman said a sentence that told the police which number to dial... you can't escape that in your answer. $\endgroup$ – TCooper Nov 19 '19 at 1:52
  • $\begingroup$ It's either a flaw in the question or a flaw in this answer, we can't know until we know the question-asker's answer. $\endgroup$ – Apollys supports Monica Nov 19 '19 at 2:09

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